Despite being flat out to score last time EZDEYAAD might still have more to offer so he gets the call marginally ahead of Cornus while Poppets Lovin has a chance on her return. That score for the pick was just his third run of the season and continued a progressive run of form. He'll have to show more again under a 6lbs penalty but he was up late in the day for that score so might be better value for the win than the margin suggests. Cornus has been on the go for sometime now and the danger is the pick will improve past him this season. That said he only just missed out on a hat-trick last time and off the same handicap mark looks to be a live contender. Poppets Lovein has only been beaten the once over this trip in three starts and although she was well beaten on her last run this looks easier and this pairing of jockey and trainer have had plenty of success recently. Smalljohn is nothing if not consistent and looks good in the handicap now just a pound above his last winning rating but the feeling that Ezdeyaad has more to come after a handful of starts this terms.
Ezdeyaad (USA) 4-1fav (8-12) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, led inside final furlong, all out, won at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Apr beating Camerooney (7-11) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Turn Me On (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Towards rear, in 6th over 2f out and making no impression, 7th of 15, 8l behind Conry (8-11) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Poppet's Lovein 10-1 (8-12) Tracked leader until over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 15th of 16, 24l behind Victoria Sponge (9-2) at Salisbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Avontuur (FR) 20-1 (8-4) Keen, headway to lead over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, headed well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 10l behind Global Village (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Apr.
Glenmuir (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, never dangerous, 6th of 16, 8l behind West End Lad (8-7) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Smalljohn 11-4 (9-3) Led, headed 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Fol Liam (8-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Cornus 6-1 (8-4) Slowly into stride, held up intouch, not clear and switched left over 1f out, stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Beat The Bell (8-13) at Folkestone 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.